I had the pleasure of interviewing a very prolific author in the writing world recently. Today, Ey Wade is sharing glimpses into her life. Read our conversation to see what she shared about Ey the woman and the author on today's Fab Friday Feature...
CHELLE: Plotter or Pantser?
EY: I’m a pantser. I write all across the board in several genres and on whatever subject that comes to mind.
CHELLE: Tell us a little about yourself? Who is Ey the woman?
EY: I was born in Beaumont, Texas. That’s a couple of hours from Houston and reared as an Army brat. I’ll be 58 this year. That makes it my Beddian birthday. That’s when the age of your birth is the same as the year you were born. I was born in 1958. Don’t see me reaching that milestone again. My plan is to finally get a tattoo as celebration. There has always been the constant need to speak, and writing, telling stories was the way I choose to socialize.
I used to be an activist fighting for school buses and equality in my hometown. A big believer in the education system and was a part of PTA, Campus improvements, and even ran for a public office. Too many things within the system made me back away. I am the mother of three college graduated, adult daughters that were previously home-schooled and the drooling ‘Lovey' to a little boy.
CHELLE: You have accomplished quite a bit in your life. And how commendable that you are willing to make a stand and fight for what you believe in. With all of those things mentioned in your past and current life, share with us how do you create work-life balance being an author?
EY: At the moment, I have a lot of issues with Sciatica and other back issues, so I’m home a lot. Writing has become pretty easy.
CHELLE: Describe a day around your house and in your ordinary life where writing is not key.
EY: Hmmm I wake, and do a little writing or brainstorming, between 4-5 a.m., step onto patio and water the plants, stand and watch the sky, scour the internet, answer emails, promote my works and watch TV and socialize with the family.
CHELLE: I love your schedule!!! :D
Most authors have a routine they settle into when they prepare to write. Yet, others toss routine out the window and go with the flow. Tell us about your writing routine.
EY: Toss and flow, that’s how I go. I keep a pen and paper near because I focus better if I’m old school writing, but nothing is carved in stone.
CHELLE: It seems to me as if that method encourages rather than stems the flow of creativity. It’s also my preferred method. Pandora or Spotify? What would we find on your playlist?
EY: I’m not on either. All that has been on my iPod for years, is what I like to listen to. All other music I grab while riding in the car listening to whatever the girls listen to.
CHELLE: Did you keep a journal or diary as a child growing up? If so, what secret did you not want your parents to read?
EY: No, I didn’t keep a journal. Once the day was over, I wanted to forget it.
CHELLE: Leave the past in the past and live for today. Okay. I like that concept. Ey, your works of art are very diverse and unique. I noticed you write across a variety of genres from women’s fiction to young adult to children’s books. What genre is your favorite? What caused you to cross genres and which would you say is the most fulfilling for you?
EY: I’d have to say my favorite genre are the picture books. Guess it stems from being a parent and working in the childcare profession for nearly 40 years. The mind of the child flips from humorous to genius so quick, I’m drawn to it. As for what caused me to crisscross over- I’m not a focused person, lol. I just go with the flow and whatever character or idea that crosses my mind, I follow it. Much like when I have a verbal conversation.
CHELLE: So it seems that you stay true to the character of you. Regarding the marketing of your books, would you say one particular genre does better than the others? If so, why do you think that is?
EY: Oh my God, I can’t answer anything about marketing when it comes to sales. I’m having a hard time with it all. Well, actually it has gotten a little bit better since I’ve left the small publisher and moved back to being totally independent. Or it can simply be, that now I can see what’s going on behind the scenes and where I need to direct my promotions.
CHELLE: I wish someone would prescribe a magic formula, or perhaps bottle it and sell it. Marketing is definitely a challenge area for many authors. What authors have influenced your writings?
EY: I can’t honestly say I was influenced by anyone. I just know I have stories in my head and want to get them out.
CHELLE: If you could pair up with another author to write, who would you choose and why?
EY: I would choose Tyler Perry. Mainly because he has a lot of influence and a superior platform. I have stories and ideas that I believe will take him from his norm and lift him to a higher level.
CHELLE: If your latest release were turned into a movie, what actors would you select to play the starring roles, and what music would comprise the soundtrack?
EY: I honestly hadn’t thought about it with these last two books.
CHELLE: How do you handle writer’s block?
EY: If I become stalled in one manuscript, I move on to another. I have so many other stories waiting in the wings that I chose to work on a plot that’s calling to me at that particular moment. For some reason, it tends to make the inhabitants of the other world jealous and they call me back with interesting scenes.
CHELLE: I love that and I can definitely relate. Mountains or the beach?
EY: I prefer mountains, hopefully there is vegetation and shade. I love plants and can’t handle burning in the sun.
CHELLE: You’re one of the few visitors who preferred the mountains. That’s my choice too, because of the seclusion and beauty. It stirs creativity. Provide one marketing tip for upcoming authors that has worked for you.
EY: Join and/or establish Facebook groups. The knowledge, support, and camaraderie is outstanding.
CHELLE: I agree. Especially in groups, such as B.R.A.B. and See Ya On The Net promo group. If there was one thing you would want your readers to know after reading your works, what would it be?
EY: I would love for readers to have a new or open perspective on daily assumptions on how life and the reactions of others, work. Things are rarely if ever, what they seem on the surface.
CHELLE: I agree. I think people often jump to conclusions a bit too readily. More often than not if they were to examine their reaction they would realize their analysis of a given situation is based on their perspective and how they would handle the situation, versus reality.
Writers often have to forsake time with friends and family when deadlines are looming, or the creative muse is flowing. What one person has been your greatest supporter on your publishing journey?
EY: Even though my daughters are awesome, my grandson is the best. When I sit to write, he tends to grab his pencil and paper or his kiddie tablet and sits near me. Can’t say he’s a quiet supporter, but we struggle together.
CHELLE: That’s so sweet! I absolutely love that. Maybe you’re grooming a little writer in the making. Describe your idea of the perfect “me-time.”
EY: Going to the salon and getting my nails done, coming back to a quiet house and doing nothing beyond turning TV and floating between watching and enjoying the solitude.
CHELLE: We live life beautifully inspired here, at The Beautifully Inspired Blog. Leave us with an inspirational post, comprised of three words.
EY: “Life Inspires Creativity.”
CHELLE: Well people, you’ve been invited into the exclusive world of Ey. Read on as she shares more about her books and where you can connect with her in the book world.
Info on my books. My latest novels are titled Ismet’s Honor and Ribbons & Belle. I call them companion novels. They have some of the same main characters, but are stand alone and not a series.
RIBBONS & BELLE: Gorgeous, dedicated fertility counselor Tyson Ribbons, has admired and loved embryologist, Anabelle “Belle” Lee for a long time. When she comes in for counseling he fights everything within him not to deter her from her plans. Doesn’t stop his heart from wishing it could be him fulfilling her desire.
Anabelle Lee, mourning her inability to have a child of her own-suffered through two miscarriages, a heartbreaking late-term abortion, and a soul crushing divorce. As an embryologist, she has protected the potential life of many frozen specimens, and lived envious of the women choosing InVitro fertilization as their form of reproduction.
After a bit of encouragement from her best friend, and counseling from the very perfect Dr. Ribbons, Anabelle takes steps to fulfill her desire to become a mother.
Problem is, the announcement brings more of a shock than a gift.
ISMET’S HONOR: Sunny Verdi Reyes, has always wanted the “good-life.” Husband, home, lots of children. After cheering on her best friend and fellow embryologist Belle, through her successful quest for her dream, she wanted those things even more.
Unfortunately, Sunny broke the heart of her fantasy years earlier and it would take more than wishful thinking to get him back.
At 17, unable to voice his opinion against an unwanted abortion, Ismet Honorable O’Neal ran from the girl who killed his dream of the perfect life and the white picket fence.
Now he spends his time aiding other men in being the voice in the lives of their children.
Years later, he returns and Sunny is waiting.
She’s going to need more than the love in her eyes to repair the fences.
The inspiration to writing Ribbons and Belle came from the controversy of abortions and the vitriol in which the women are attacked. People tend to overlook the fact there may be medical reasons that make the ending of a life detrimental for the mother’s health. Ismet’s Honor was born after a beta reader finished Ribbons & Belle and wished there was a story about Sunny. I decided to make it more about the father and what his wishes may have entailed and how abortions also affect the father’s to be.
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